Blue Coat Systems

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Blue Coat Systems Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
41 Reviews
4.0
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance, fairly transparent, good focus on innovation (in 9 reviews)

  • Great talent and smart people work here (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management, especially the President/COO, are shady (in 7 reviews)

  • There is no work-life balance unless you are an engineer (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Nice place to work where every day you can make an impact.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Path for growth
    Bright individuals
    Good recognition and bonus structure
    Good work/life balance although very hardworking

    Cons

    No onsite cafe
    No employee ownership

    Recommends
  2.  

    Cool & Nice to work for !

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Draper, UT

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good benefits
    good work balance
    nice environment
    realistic targets

    Cons

    technically stuck in the past
    experienced person has nothing to learn here
    zero visibility - all top-down communication events are hollow
    career stopper

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I like it as it is and my advice is "Change nothing!" However this may bite back. A very dynamic competition is growing out there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Flexibility allows for a better work/life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The flexibility and the ability to work remotely allows me to have a better work-life balance. The ever changing environment provides challenges and prevents boredom.
    Most employees are smart and fun to work with and passionate about what they do.

    Cons

    Too many people in management positions and not enough people actually doing the work. Always challenged with lack of resources.
    Not a whole lot of career growth available for my position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bonus structure could be a little more balanced.
    Although this has gotten better over the years, there still seems to be a lot of management turnover.
    Some of the management makes unreasonable decisions that puts a lot of extra work on the already overworked employees. Management makes solution decisions without considering requirements and integration.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Happily employed by Blue Coat with exposure to interesting projects as the company evolves.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Being a growing company, there are always new challenges and projects to get involved with.
    The company recognizes and rewards hard work.
    Competitive benefits package.
    I have had a positive and supportive experience of my management team.

    Cons

    Our systems/processes need to catch up with the growth in other areas of the business.
    Without development in systems/processes there is a lot of needlessly manual work created.
    In a lot of cases the wrong teams / employees are responsible for ownership and delivery of information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication could be improved.
    Invest in the back office systems.
    Data is growing at an exponential rate and we need better systems to harvest the data around us.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great people and very good work/life balance.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good and solid company with lots of fortune 500 customers. Flexible work hours and fair compensation. Free lunches twice a week.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up the ranks without a senior manager as mentor. Information distribution needs lot of improvements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more visible to your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Wonderful place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Employees, Team effort, Learning Opportunities, Career growth

    Cons

    Rumors about the company's future

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mostly a good place to work with some notable drawbacks

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Since going private the company has been pretty stable in terms of job security. Bonuses have been good.

    The benefits are pretty good. Vacation/Sick time is especially good (the best I've seen) and I have never taken any flack for using it. There are a lot of company activities and lunches including frequent technical training talks.

    Work/life balance is good. I don't know many people that work a lot of overtime and schedules are flexible, at least on my team.

    My experience has been that people are treated like adults and not micro-managed.

    There are free drinks/snacks.

    Upper management seems to have a pretty good vision of how to keep the company growing.

    Cons

    They delayed merit increases by several months both of the last two cycles. The review process is de-motivational and managers are way too overloaded to pay any attention to career development. There is no clear path for advancement once you get to a senior level position. Performance ratings feel arbitrary with artificial limits placed on how many people can get higher ratings (which are tied to better bonuses now).

    The downside of all the fiscal discipline has been that there aren't enough people to get all the work done so most people wear multiple hats. They don't generally require overtime but there's always so many competing priorities that a lot of things get dropped or mismanaged simply because there's too much going on.

    They are implementing some really draconian security measures for engineering.

    This is a very much a top-down company. Individual innovation is not valued or appreciated very much in less it happens to be related to something sexy. The focus is entirely on implementing upper management's vision as quickly as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop messing with raises.
    Give people some breathing room to allow for more focused work and some bottom-up innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Leading technology, lots of opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Technology: Cyber security is hot right now, Gartner rates them in the Magic Quadrant
    Benefits: Matching 401K, competitive salaries, company doing well so bonuses are excellent
    Other: Free snacks, drinks, bagels on Friday, lots of social activities with food served, however no in house cafeteria but lunches are subsidized.
    Culture : Hard working people, flexible working environment with lots of autonomy (but it depends on area you work in). Work life balance flexibility, feels like a small start company but with reasonable processes and systems in place.

    Cons

    -Owned by private equity company, no equity offered, starting to lose people to other companies who are. Management needs to do something.
    -Rumer's of being a potential acquisition target is causing some uncertainty with employees especially those who want to stay in a small company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconsider the no equity position especially if company is sold, unlikely the good people who do the work will still around if there are no retention incentives. Your people are being aggressively recruited (especially in the valley) do something about it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - QA Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Intern - QA Intern in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with and a flexible, comfortable, working environment

    Cons

    Have to have good knowledge in the field

    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great market space to work in; great people to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Blue Coat is challenging and rewarding as an employer. The culture is one of freedom to go as far and contribute as much as I'm willing to do. Yet there is sensible support for a balanced life.

    Cons

    Pulling in and retaining top talent is something the company can continue to improve on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the passion for excellence; consider what it takes to invent your best talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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